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November's Program

The Second Battle of Gettysburg--

the three-day program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle 

Click for more information

Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 12, 2021 from noon to 4 p.m.

at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum

Save the date for our Holiday Open House! 

The museum will be full of beautiful Christmas decorations nestled amongst the exhibits.

Our featured Christmas tree will be decorated with handmade Scherenschnitte ornaments. 

Scherenschnitte means “scissor cuts” in German. BHA members, taught by Susan Kilgallon, have created the ornaments using this folk art paper-cutting technique that came to colonial America with Swiss and German immigrants in the 18th Century.

We'll also have a new display on the "big wall" that explores the life and legacy of Anna Hoffman Clapper (1873-1974). She lived for many, many years in Selkirk and witnessed a century of extraordinary change. 

Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event will be in effect.

The Town of Bethlehem

Historical Association

P.O. Box 263

1003 River Road

Selkirk, NY 12158


[email protected]

NEW FOR 2021!

Bethlehem and the National Register of Historic Places

Each month in 2021 we will be highlighting one of Bethlehem’s individually listed National Register properties. We’ll follow up in 2022 with Bethlehem’s two historic districts.

November's property is the Rowe House

For details, click here

Bethlehem's Comprehensive Plan

Bethlehem is updating its comprehensive plan. There is a reason why it is called the comprehensive plan. It affects almost every facet of the town for the next fifteen years or more.

As members of the historical association, we need to pay attention to how the plan addresses the town's historic buildings and sites. Establishment of an historic preservation commission in the updated plan would ensure that such buildings are recognized, properly documented, and given serious consideration if threatened.

Stay Informed!

Drive-It-Yourself Tour

Try a Drive-It-Yourself Tour of historic places in the Town of Bethlehem. The tour was developed in 2010 -- 

but after a decade, even if you have driven in before, it's time to revisit.  

Tour directions can be found in Outings


There is a new cookbook on sale at I Love Books.

They are $10 each.

Copies can also be purchased by contacting

Wendy Brandow (518) 767-0716 or Linda Schacht (518) 767-2924

We appreciate the support of all those who contributed recipes and helped to get this book together.

Books by Town Historian

Susan Leath

Available at local bookstores